We (myself, husband and two daughters 11 and 9) were picked up at the airport by a driver which was great as we arrived late at night. We were met at the apartment by the owner's mum and our guide Alice. The next day we slept late then walked up to the Bell Tower. That day we also went to the Muslim quarter, the mosque and the drum tower. Very easy to do by yourself. The owners mum did our laundry which was great as we have been travelling a lot.
The next day we went to the terracotta warriors with Alice and a driver. Just to add that we never do tours like this when travelling - this was our first one. I don't think this was the best tour as we ended up in 3 places where they were there to sell us stuff: a terracotta factory which was interesting but also a silk factory (not good at all) and a tourist area added on to our trip to the great goose pagoda where we had the opportunity to buy paintings. We would have preferred to be asked. That beside the tour itself was good - the driver was fantastic and Alice had good English and information. Perhaps we should have just hired a driver?
The following day we cycled the city walls - just caught a tuk tuk there and then walked back to the bell tower and ate. We had left our luggage at the apartment and Mei's mum was incredibly patient while we sorted out the final things in our suitcases in preparation for the train to Beijing.
- Also Known As:
- Xian Apartments Guesthouse Hq China/Shaanxi
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hq Guesthouse Xian: Boutique accommodation for families, couples and independent travelers of all ages located in the centre of Xian. Offers bunks, double rooms with balconies or your own self contained 100m2 apartment near Muslim Qtr, absolutely perfect for families. Spacious, cozy, clean and extremely central: experience absolute comfort for a fraction of the usual cost. ... more less